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Old 07-14-2011, 12:54 PM   #391
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Those metal ones are getting harder and harder to find over here. Even bicycle shops are going to plastic. BTW the plastic ones are crap.
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:33 PM   #392
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Headlights

It's taken me 9 weeks but I've finally come up with a possibly stupid question...

I have a 650GS twin (2010). I'm taking an off-road riding workshop on Saturday and they recommend turning off the headlight for the class. Is this possible and if so, how do I do it?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-14-2011, 03:44 PM   #393
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You can take the bulb out. I don't think it is necessary. It sounds like they gave you some instructions that date back to BSA and Lucas electrics. Remember "why do the British drink warm beer? Because they have Lucas Refrigerators." Dave
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:15 AM   #394
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... Remember "why do the British drink warm beer? Because they have Lucas Refrigerators." Dave
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:44 AM   #395
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Purchased a 800GS and getting it set up for big RTW ride.

Bought a plug from dealer to use on my GPS, but there are three wires coming out of the plug. They had the BMW Garmin there so I took a photo of the wire colors on that unit. Anyone know what color wires I use for positive and negative? what do I do with the other wire?

The plug on the left is the "service repair part" the other plug is the one for the BMW Garmin GPS (which I am not using).

Any help would be great!

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Old 07-15-2011, 01:19 PM   #396
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I used a volt meter to figure out what was hot and what was ground. Remember to turn on the key. The plug will have power for about 10 seconds after you turn off the key. If I remember right, the third wire isn't used for a gps so I cut it down to a couple of inches and wrapped it up.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:07 PM   #397
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Thanks for the comment. That was my next step once I get a chance.

Putting on an extended front brake line so I can raise the bars up. Time to bleed the brakes :) Lots left to do!
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:37 AM   #398
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Okay I've got one. Not strictly a F800 question, but I worry more about it when I'm out alone on the F800. What are the recovery steps if I drown the bike by dropping it on a water crossing. Pull and replace the spark plug? How do I drain out the engine?

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Old 07-27-2011, 03:24 PM   #399
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Front Fender

Okay so I am a super new noob. I just bought a 2005 F 650 GS and want to put a more aggressive tires on the bike for fire roads etc out here in Colorado. I ll still probably use the bike 80% of the time on the road. It doesn't look like there is much clearance to put much meat under the front fender. A) Is there room? B) Which tires should I check out? I know in advance asking a tire question can open a can of worms, so have at it.

Thanks and more dumb questions are forming in my head as I type.

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Old 07-27-2011, 04:02 PM   #400
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Okay so I am a super new noob.
Make that a super-duper new noob, Steve. Because you posted your first question in the wrong forum.

The 2005 F650 has a single-cyclinder engine and is a totally different beast than the two-cylinder 2009 -> F650s and F800s that are discussed here. There may be some former F650 single owners here who can answer your question, but you'd have a whole lot more luck getting a straight answer over in the Thumpers forum.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:50 PM   #401
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Or even better - check the chain gang out!
http://www.f650.com/
They have all the info you could ever need. Try FAQ first.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:34 PM   #402
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Engine heat on hot days?

90 plus air temp and really hot air hitting me just below the knees. The frame is even too hot to touch. Too hot to be comfortable even with Darian pants on. I haven't experienced this since I quite riding sport touring inline four's. Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:28 AM   #403
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Okay I've got one. Not strictly a F800 question, but I worry more about it when I'm out alone on the F800. What are the recovery steps if I drown the bike by dropping it on a water crossing. Pull and replace the spark plug? How do I drain out the engine?

Dan
Hhhhmmmm.....that's a good question. I haven't drowned my F800, though I've crossed a few nasty waterholes to date.

I'd say paramount is drying out the airbox and filter, and draining the water from the pipe. Not sure you need to pull the plug. I'll stop speculating and pass to those who've actually dealt with this issue. I know there out here in the forum.

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Old 07-28-2011, 07:48 AM   #404
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90 plus air temp and really hot air hitting me just below the knees. The frame is even too hot to touch. Too hot to be comfortable even with Darian pants on. I haven't experienced this since I quite riding sport touring inline four's. Has anyone else experienced this?
Yup. I experience this on hot days as well.
I deal with it.....
I also am not used to this, coming from sport-touring inline fours....
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:28 PM   #405
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90 plus air temp and really hot air hitting me just below the knees. The frame is even too hot to touch. Too hot to be comfortable even with Darian pants on. I haven't experienced this since I quite riding sport touring inline four's. Has anyone else experienced this?
I get this on my F658. One of my solutions is to use the highway pegs on the SW Motec crash bars.
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